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post #1 of 5 Old 05-30-2020, 08:29 AM Thread Starter
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Considering a WK2

Greetings from Tennessee!

Im seriously considering picking up a used Grand Cherokee for the wife and I to share as a third vehicle. Weve had a few Mopar products over the years, and both love the Hemis torque. Id like to take the vehicle on road trips out west, and this is what I am kind of thinking of the perfect set-up for us.

WK2 without the air suspension

17 wheels with larger tires. I would like to go as big (or 3% over circumference-wise) as the largest spare tire we can squeeze under the vehicle. I am willing to do a 2.5 lift and pinch weld mod if necessary.

Possibly a Hemi is the 6 cylinder adequate with larger tires? We are going to hit up plenty of mountain roads with this rig.

Quadra Trac 2 Will it be hard finding one with a Hemi and no air suspension?

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post #2 of 5 Old 05-30-2020, 11:56 AM
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Are you talking new or used.?

You will find hemis in the limited trim. It will be difficult to find a hemi that would fit 17 inch wheels, however. Most if not all V8s will have HD brakes an 18 is as small as you should go.

The V6 has plenty of power, the V8 is better for towing heavy and if you like to drive V8s

There is a buying a used WY2 sticky thread, if you haven’t alreadt seen it.

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I picked up a nice used 2019 Limited with 12K miles this week. It has 4wd and the 6 cylinder. I am really impressed with it, and sport mode is fun!

We will probably be using it for some road trips out west which would include easy trails and desert dirt roads. I will probably upgrade the tires to slightly oversize AT tires and maybe some tow hooks in case I do get stuck. Im not planning on abusing it and I will also tote a set of Maxtrax boards for self-extraction. Im kind of thinking 265/65 18s and may even go with a Nitto Rig Grap XLs for weight savings and fuel economy. I dont want to do a lift kit, so hopefully they will not rub.

Right now Im just going to use it as a daily driver and enjoy it as is!
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post #4 of 5 Old 06-22-2020, 06:55 PM
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Looks like a really nice car.

If you want some better AT tires without increasing the road noise, check out the Bridgestone Dueller Revo AT3s. These work great in snow, sand and dry dirt roads yet still drive great on road. The Nitto's are also a good choice but louder. On muddy trails they are really good but if that's not your thing, there are better options.

Front tow hooks are a fashion accessory unless you always plan on off roading with a buddy, traction boards are a good idea if you plan to drive on deep sand but otherwise I wouldn't spend the cash and have the stress of having to carry them.

WK2s have more off-road capability that most of their drivers so if you get stuck you can usually select R and get out of trouble.
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I already have a set of squeaky clean and never used traction boards that I normally tote in my truck. I just wish there was a good recovery point on my WK2 since it isnt equipped with a trailer hitch.

I not planning on mudding or doing anything crazy, but want a better off road tread that will also hold up well. The KO2s that came on my truck took a real beating hitting some desert roads really hard in Wyoming on a previous weekend fun trip with some other trucks, and they were pretty worn out after a single weekend with only about 15K miles on my vehicle.

I now have Cooper ST MAXX D rated on my truck and really like them. I just want to keep the wheel weight down (no LTs) on the WK2 so it doesnt lose much in the way of acceleration with the slightly oversize tires.
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